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The Importance of Having a Slim Waist

A slim waist has long been a mark of attraction for men and women equally. Having a slim waist allows a woman to accentuate her feminine curves and flaunt her figure confidently. On the other hand, men with a slim waist give an illusion of broader shoulders and their slim waist aids them in having the coveted T-shaped upper body. A slim waist has been considered to be the most attractive part for women as well as for men.

Having a thinner waist could not only aid you in having an attractive figure and looking gorgeous but is definitely good for your health as well. It is reported that a larger waist size is linked to higher risk of death from any cause despite the weight of a person. This suggests that one should be more cautious about the waist size as compared to the weight.

A large waist size has been considered as the key risk factor for cancer, respiratory failure, heart diseases, and other causes of death. A thick waist is related to huge amounts of visceral fats around the abdominal area. This could lead to inflammation, insulin resistance, high levels of cholesterol, and other poor health issues.

For females particularly, a large waist size has been linked to poor health conditions and low levels of fertility. It is believed that having a slim waist could be beneficial in terms of the women’s fertility. This is because the levels of estrogen or the sex hormone present in females during puberty are believed to be significant contributors of the body shape a woman develops in her adulthood.

Having said this, attaining a small waist size is a daunting task itself. Though experts believe that mere one to two inches reduction of the waist size could be quite helpful when it comes to enjoying the health benefits however; waist reduction is not something that could be achieved overnight. Waist training requires strong dedication and commitment as it might take time. Moreover, it requires eating a healthy balanced diet, regular exercise, and the use of a waist trainer.

A waist trainer could greatly help you in achieving a slimmer waist. A waist trainer gradually inserts pressure to the abdominal area and thereby aids in burning the abdominal fats. You can begin with wearing best waist trainer for short time periods as per the tolerance level of your body and then gradually increase the time period for which it is worn. When combined with proper diet and workout, a waist trainer could yield astonishing results. It can not only give you the desired body shape but could also be beneficial in terms of improving your posture and health.

Almond Butter in Your Food Processor 

Almond butters can be quite expensive if bought from the store. If you have ever bought one you would know how costly that small jar is. If you own a food processor, there is no need to ever buy almond butter or any other nut butter from the store again. You can make, right at your kitchen, in very few steps, an almond butter that is many times more delicious, healthier and cheaper than the store bought one! All you will need is a little patience and determination (you will find out the reason in just a while).

Here are the steps you will need to follow:

  1. Soak 2 cups of almonds in water along with 1 ½ tsp salt overnight or for at least 8 hours. In the morning, drain the water and wash the nuts. Let the nuts dry.
  2. Spread a baking sheet over a baking tray and spread the nuts over it in one layer. Preheat your oven at 190ᵒC. roast the nuts for ten minutes. Be careful not to burn your nuts. Even if slightly burnt, they will make the nut butter smell bad. After ten minutes, take the almonds out of the oven and let allow them to cool. It is good if they are a little warm when you start processing because it will help in releasing the nut oils faster.
  3. Transfer the warm nuts to your food processor bowl. Secure the lid and begin processing.
  4. First the nuts will grind into a powder form. Don’t stop here. Keep processing further and the nuts will take a crumbly form and start to collect. Give the machine breaks at intervals to prevent it from overheating.
  5. Open the lid and scrape down the sides every now and then before resuming the task. The process can take up to 30 minutes before you get a creamy, smooth paste! Hence the patience and determination I mentioned a while ago.
  6. You can add a drop or two of some light tasting oil if your almond butter is not becoming creamy enough and you have lost all patience!
  7. If you prefer a sweet tasting almond butter, you can add a bit of honey to it and pulse it to combine everything. This step is to be performed once you have achieved smooth, creamy almond butter.
  8. When you are done, transfer the almond butter to a glass jar and seal it. You can store it at room temperature for about a week. If you want to save it for longer, refrigerate it. This almond butter, with no preservatives, can stay fresh in the fridge for at least a month.